Systematic Theology Comparison Chart


Systematic theology books are plentiful. Almost every theological viewpoint, and every Christian denomination, has a corresponding Systematic Theology book that reflects their positions on different topics of Scripture.

Yet looking at a book’s cover, or even reading the back of it, does not always tell a person what viewpoints are defended inside it.

Systematic Theology books can be expensive, especially multi-volume editions, so it is important for a person to know what they are buying or using to ensure it is the right fit for them.

The Systematic Theology Comparison Chart below is intended to simply the process and point the reader in the right direction for their specific purposes.

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CoverAuthor/
Title
Theological
Approach
DetailsBrowse
Church Dogmatics by Karl BarthBarth,
Karl /
Church
Dogmatics
Swiss
Reformed;
Neo-Orthodox
14
volumes
Amazon
Herman Bavinck dogmaticsBavinck,
Herman /
Reformed
Dogmatics
Dutch
Reformed,
Calvinistic
4 volumes;
J.I. Packer
calls it a
“supreme
achievement”
Amazon
Louis Berkof Systematic TheologyBerkof,
Louis /
Systematic
Theology
Dutch-
American
Reformed,
Calvinistic
former pastor,
former
professor of Calvin Seminary
Amazon
Berkouwer theologyBerkouwer,
G.C. /
Studies in
Dogmatics
Dutch
Reformed,
Calvinistic
14
volumes
Amazon
Michael Bird Evangelical TheologyBird,
Michael /
Evangelical
Theology
Evangelical
Anglican
argues that
the center of
theology is
the gospel
Amazon
Donald Bloesch theologyBloesch,
Donald /
Christian
Foundations
Referred to himself as a “progressive evangelical”multi-
volume
set
Amazon
James Boice theologyBoice,
James
Mont-
gomery / Foundations
of the
Christian
Faith
Reformed
Presbyterian,
championed
inerrancy
Boice founded
Alliance of
Confessing
Evangelicals
Amazon
James Buswell Systematic TheologyBuswell,
James / A
Systematic
Theology
of the
Christian
Religion
Reformed
Presbyterian,
held to mid-trib
rapture
Buswell was
WWI chaplain:
premill, mid
tribulationalist
Amazon
John Calvin theologyCalvin,
John /
Institutes
of the
Christian
Religion
“Calvinism”
characterizes
Presbyterian
and Reformed
churches
started writing
at 26, revised
until his death
at age 54
Amazon
Chafer Systematic TheologyChafer,
Lewis
Sperry /
Systematic
Theology
Premillennial,
pretribulation,
dispensationist
8-vol. and 4-vol
versions; found
Dallas Theological
Seminary
Amazon
Robert Culver Systematic TheologyCulver,
Robert /
Systematic
Theology
Reformed“bold,
comprehensive” –
R. Albert Mohler
Amazon
Christian Theology Millard EricksonErickson,
Millard /
Christian
Theology
Baptist,
conservative,
evangelical
seminary-levelAmazon
Millard Erickson Christian DoctrineErickson,
Millard /
Introducing
Christian
Doctrine
Baptist,
conservative,
evangelical
lay person to undergrad reading levelAmazon
Thomas Finger Christian TheologyFinger,
Thomas /
Christian
Theology
Anabaptist, e.g. Mennonite, Bretherenauthor has taught at Mennonite seminariesAmazon
John Frame Systematic TheologyFrame,
John /
Systematic
Theology
Reformed,
Calvinist,
presuppositional
apologetics
“massive, magnificent, and biblical” – John Piper Amazon
James Garrett Systematic TheologyGarrett,
James /
Systematic
Theology
Southern
Baptist
helpful to pastors and those teaching theologyAmazon
Norman Geisler Systematic TheologyGeisler,
Norman /
Systematic
Theology
considered himself a “moderate Calvinist,” rejected Limited Atonementfounded Southern Evangelical SeminaryAmazon
Wayne Grudem Bible DoctrineGrudem,
Wayne /
Bible
Doctrine
Reformed, evangelical, non-cessationist regarding tongueslay person to undergrad reading levelAmazon
Wayne Grudem Systematic TheologyGrudem,
Wayne /
Systematic
Theology
Reformed, evangelical, non-cessationist regarding tonguesseminary-levelAmazon
Colin Gunton Christian FaithGunton,
Colin /
The
Christian
Faith
English Reformed, member of United Reformed Churchfollows the Nicene CreedAmazon
Bradley Hanson Christian TheologyHanson,
Bradley /
Introduction to Christian Theology
LutheranintroductoryAmazon
Carl Henry theologyHenry,
Carl /
Revelation and Authority, etal.
Baptist, evangelical, championed inerrancy6 volumesAmazon
Charles Hodge Systematic TheologyHodge,
Charles /
Systematic
Theology
Reformed Presbyterian, forerunner for evangelicalsKnown for his commentary on RomansAmazon
Michael Horton Christian FaithHorton,
Michael /
The
Christian
Faith
Reformed,
Calvinistic,
evangelical
lay person to undergrad reading levelAmazon
Michael Horton Pilgrim TheologyHorton,
Michael /
Pilgrim
Theology
Reformed,
Calvinistic,
evangelical
seminary-levelAmazon
Stanley Horton Systematic TheologyHorton,
Stanley /
Systematic
Theology
Pentecostal, ordained in Assemblies of God denominationmulti-author projectAmazon
Robert Jensen Systematic TheologyJenson,
Robert /
Systematic
Theology
Lutheranstudied under BarthAmazon
Robert Letham Systematic TheologyLetham,
Robert /
Systematic
Theology
Reformed
Presbyterian
begins with arguments for God’s existenceAmazon
Integrative Theology Lewis DemarestLewis, Gordon and Demarest, Bruce /
Integrative
Theology
Baptist,
conservative
integrates historical, biblical, systematic, apologetic, and practical theologyAmazon
Martyn Lloyd Jones Great DoctrinesLloyd-Jones,
D. Martin /
Great Doctrines
of the Bible
Reformed,
Calvinistic,
evangelical
link to the right is for 3 -in-1 book editionAmazon
Biblical Doctrine by John MacArthurMacArthur,
John /
Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth
Reformed,
Baptist,
cessationist
lay person to undergraduate reading levelAmazon
James McClendon Systematic TheologyMcClendon,
James /
Systematic
Theology
Anabaptist, e.g. Mennonite, Bretherenfocuses on theological ethicsAmazon
Systematic Theology by Rolland McCuneMcCune,
Rolland /
Systematic
Theology
of Biblical
Christianity
Independent
Baptist
published by
Detroit Baptist
Theological
Seminary
Amazon
Alister McGrath Christian TheologyMcGrath,
Alister /
Christian
Theology
Anglican,
Theistic
evolution
Companion volume: A Christian Theology ReaderAmazon
Bible Doctrines Menzies HortonMenzies, William and Horton, Stanley /
Bible
Doctrines
Both members of Assemblies of God denominationFollows AG 16 Fundamentals of FaithAmazon
Thomas Oden Classic ChristianityOden, Thomas C. /
Classic Christian-
ity: A
Systematic
Theology
Arminian,
Methodist
brings today’s church “the best wisdom from its past”Amazon
Roger Olson Mosaic Christian BeliefOlson,
Roger /
The Mosaic of Christian Belief
American
Baptist,
Arminian
evangelical,
introductory
Amazon
Concise Theology J.I. PackerPacker,
J.I. /
Concise
Theology
Anglican,
Calvinist,
evangelical
paperback usually under $15Amazon
Wolfhart Pannenberg Systematic TheologyPannenberg,
Wolfhart /
Systematic
Theology
Lutheranintroductory, grounded in historical revelationAmazon
Robert Reymond New Systematic TheologyReymond,
Robert /
A New
Systematic Theology
of the
Christian
Faith
Reformed
Presbyterian
Upholds classic Calvinist positionsAmazon
Charles Ryrie Basic TheologyRyrie,
Charles /
Basic
Theology
Baptist,
Dispensational
94 short chaptersAmazon
James Sawyer theologySawyer, James /
The Survivor’s Guide to Theology
Baptist, evangelical, dispensationalintroductoryAmazon
William Shedd Dogmatic TheologyShedd,
William /
Dogmatic
Theology
Reformed
Presbyterian
A leading theologian of the 19th centuryAmazon
R.C. Sproul theologySproul,
R.C. /
Everyone’s A Theologian
Reformed
Presbyterian,
championed
introductoryAmazon
Augustus Strong Systematic TheologyStrong,
Augustus /
Systematic
Theology
Reformed,
Baptist
a Reformed, baptistic, classicAmazon
Henry Thiessen Lectures TheologyThiessen, Henry /
Lectures in Systematic Theology
evangelical,
dispensational
akin to Chaefer
revised in 1979Amazon
Paul Tillich Systematic TheologyTillich,
Paul /
Systematic
Theology
Lutheran, some evangelicals argue he is pantheistic3 volumesAmazon
Vos Reformed DogmaticsVos,
Geer-
hardus /
Reformed
Dogmatics
Dutch-American
Reformed
Presbyterian
recommended by Michael HortonAmazon
B.B. Warfiled theologyWarfield,
B.B. /
Works
Reformed
Presbyterian,
championed
inerrancy
10 volumesAmazon
Orton Wiley Christian TheologyWiley,
Orton /
Christian
Theology
Wesleyan,
Holiness,
Church of the Nazarene
Methodist,
Arminian
Amazon
Rodman Williams Renewal TheologyWilliams,
Rodman /
Renewal
Theology
Pentecostal,
Renewal
theologian
charismatic traditionAmazon

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